Connacht  players Robbie Henshaw, former All Blacks ace  Mils Muliaina and Fionn Carr model  this season’s jersey, sponsored by   Life Style Sports. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Already the decision of Robbie Henshaw to remain in Connacht seems justified on a number of fronts, not least with the arrival of Mils Muliaina.Muliai(...)

Former All Black and Munster centre at Carton House on Tuesday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Commercial manager with Munster and with business interests in mining, Doug Howlett has stepped away from rug(...)

Doug Howlett: during his Munster rugby days

Ever wondered what Kiwi and Munster rugby legend Doug Howlett plans to do following his retirement? Mining bauxite in Guinea probably wasn’t hi(...)

Jonah Lomu of New Zealand is tackled by Shane Horgan and Brian O’Driscoll of Ireland at Lansdowne Road in 2001. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

“Ireland is a pretty significant place for me having played my first Test here . . . ” – Richie McCaw, New Zealand captainOne hundred and twenty two T(...)

Connacht’s Robbie Henshaw made his Ireland debut on the summer tour earlier this year

It is very simple. The IRFU, as their director of rugby Eddie Wigglesworth explains, live and breathe off the national team. Everything else is backgr(...)

Lions captain Brian O’Driscoll  eyes up the New Zealand All Black haka before  the ill-fated first Test match in Christchurch in  2005.

New Zealand 21Lions 3at Jade Stadium, ChristchurchJune 25th, 2005Bad and all as losing him within a minute of the kick-off was, the real psychological(...)

Ronan O’Gara and his wife Jessica  in Cork last night for the testimonial dinner.  Photograph: Brian McEvoy

  Former Munster, Ireland and Lions outhalf Ronan O’Gara last night said he was thrilled to be honoured in his home town when 900 gu(...)

Casey Laulala is in the second year of a two-year deal with Munster but would like to extend his stay. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

For much of last season Casey Laulala did not really look like the class act Munster had acquired. In the previous three seasons Laulala had been Card(...)

His Leinster team-mates were quick to react when Ian Madigan produced his outrageous chip in the RaboDirect Pro 12 game against Glasgow back in March. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

‘Madigan, what was that, I’m not quite sure, is it going to work out . . . it does, that’s terrific play from Ian Madigan. High risk . . . I don’t kno(...)

 Paul O’Connell wins a line out during the Munster versus Leinster RaboDirect Pro12 game at Thomond Park last  Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Saturday was more than a little sobering, whether watching events in Thomond Park in Limerick, Ellis Park in Johannesburg, or to finish it all off lat(...)